Nope... I have the same exact problem as well (Aspire 8.0 User here).
The only Gadgets that will install are the pre-installed ones - who work great.
When I try to install a Gadget, it downloads with the correct size, but when the installer runs, the list of objects to install is 'empty', so the install finishes running (installing nothing) and then closes. Nice tease
but thats all.